When the new iPads are released this year, they will likely have high quality Touch ID sensors built-in. There is a new report suggesting that the 2014 refresh of Touch ID focuses on internal modifications that will make Apple’s Touch ID much more durable.
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KRX:005930) is expected to start producing the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) next generation A8 processor at its plant in Austin, Texas, according to sources with ZDNet.
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Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) have signed a deal. TSMC will manufacture chips for Apple’s mobile devices starting in 2014. A TSMC executive has confirmed the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal. It took a while for the deal to happen because of glitches that prevented the chips from hitting Apple’s speed and power standards.
Apple may be shifting production of mobile device processors to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) very soon according to Taiwanese newspaper The Commercial Times. It is rumored that TSMC will begin the production of the A6X in the first quarter of 2013. The Commercial Times is not known for always being accurate when it comes to rumors, but we do know that Apple has been wanting to shift away from their dependence on Samsung for a long time now because of all the lawsuits.
ASML is a publicly listed Dutch company that makes lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Samsung has acquired 3% of the company for 503 million Euros ($629 million). Samsung will contribute 276 million Euros ($345 million) to ASML’s R&D of lithography technologies over the next 5 years as well. This is a total of $974 million in total, which is almost the same amount of money that the company has been charged to pay Apple.